May 29, 2019 – Members of the media and United Way staff were invited to join the community and stakeholders of Kelowna’s Journey Home Strategy to ‘Take Steps’ on Tuesday, an experiential journey through the experience of homelessness.

“The aim of this homelessness simulator initiative is to realistically highlight some of the barriers people experiencing homelessness face while trying to move forward with their lives, “says Dawn Himer, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Okanagan & Kootenay. “We also hope to stimulate not just compassion, but ideas and potential solutions from those not typically involved in the homeless serving sector.”

Take Steps is the result of a collaborative initiative between the United Way Southern Interior BC and numerous partners including the Central Okanagan Foundation, John Howard Society, Journey Home Society, the Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness (LECoH), Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs.

Media coverage:

Global Okanagan

Castanet: Simulating Homelessness

InfoTel News

Kelowna Capital News

Kelowna Daily Courier – Steve MacNaull

If you would like to organize a “Take Steps” Lunch & Learn or Business After Hours session for your workplace or community group please contact jude@unitedwaysibc.com to arrange a suitable date.

Download the Take Steps info sheets:

Take Steps – Homelessness Simulator info sheet

Take Steps – Fact Sheet & What Can I Do to Help

About the Journey Home Strategy

The Journey Home Strategy is Kelowna’s five-year plan to address homelessness with a focus on ensuring everyone has a place to call home. The goal is to ensure a coordinated and easy-to-access system of care for those in Kelowna who have lost, or are at risk of losing their home. Over the course of the five-year strategy 2,100 people are expected to be assisted. The Journey Home Strategy includes a Community Report, designed to provide an overview of how the strategy was developed, as well as a Technical Report that lays out Kelowna’s unique challenges and strengths which have guided the roadmap to implement the plan. The complete strategy is available on the Journey Home webpage at: kelowna.ca/journeyhome.